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For the history lover

Discover the fascinating history of the Victoria Tunnel, a preserved 19th century waggonway dug under the city. Experience what life would have been like for its medieval inhabitants at Newcastle Castle. Learn the history of Tynemouth Castle and Priory, from its beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon Settlement to its role in the First and Second World Wars. Wander around Belsay Hall and Gardens, a well-preserved late 14th century tower house and a neo-classical house, linked by a charming sunken garden spread over more than 30 acres of landscaped grounds.

The great outdoors

Fill your lungs with sea air at Long Sands Beach, a lovely unspoilt beach with plenty of areas to swim. Visit the hugely popular South and North Marine Parks - enjoy family-fun at the South Park, from riding a miniature steam train to hiring a pedalo to kicking a ball, while those requiring something a little quieter should try the North Park, with its gentler pastimes of bowls, petanque and pitch and putt.

Art and culture

No visit to Tyne and Wear would be complete without a glimpse of The Angel of the North, one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Explore The Great North Museum, North East England's leading museum of natural history, archaeology and world cultures. Visit the National Glass Centre - a unique contemporary glass and steel building housing exhibition galleries, artists' studios and production facilities.